Tony Award-winning musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' to make Detroit premiere at Fisher


Stephen Christopher Anthony as Evan Hansen in ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ which is premiering in Detroit at Fisher Theater March 25-April 5.

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Tickets go on sale Jan. 17

By Brian Cox
Legal News

Some of the most recognizable and acclaimed theatrical and cinematic scores of the past several years have roots in southeast Michigan.

Graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program, the team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is responsible for such enormously popular songs as “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and “City of Stars” from “La La Land,” both of which were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Song.

The pair evidenced spectacular potential from the start, becoming the youngest winners ever of the Jonathan Larson Award for most promising musical theater songwriters in 2007.

Pasek and Paul had their Broadway debut in 2012 with their Tony-nominated score for the Broadway musical “A Christmas Story,” an adaptation of the classic holiday film, but their breakout musical came four years later when “Dear Evan Hansen” opened at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016. The musical tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. The story has provided and encouraged open dialogue about its themes of mental illness and youth suicide.

The musical, starring Ben Platt as Evan Hansen, received rave reviews.

The Washington Post’s Peter Marks described it as “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” and New York Times critic Jesse Green declared it “more and more ingenious with each viewing. It is more hopeful than ever.”

The musical went on to be nominated for nine Tony awards, winning six, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Actor in a Musical for Ben Platt, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Rachel Bay Jones.

Broadway in Detroit announced on Monday that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of “Dear Evan Hansen” will go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at or www. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 800-982-2787, and at the Fisher Theatre box office.

The show runs from March 25 through April 5.

The Broadway production recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with a special donation to the Smithsonian, where the show’s iconic blue polo and arm cast will now be part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. A record-breaking U.S. national tour launched in October 2018 and is currently playing across North America.

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. 

In addition to winning six 2017 Tony awards and a 2018 Grammy Award, “Dear Evan Hansen” has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. “Dear Evan Hansen” is also the winner of the Audience Choice Awards three years running, and was just proclaimed the Best Long-Running Show and the Best Touring Production in the 2019 Audience Choice Awards.


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